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Developing Spray-Dried Animal Plasma Programs for DON Contaminated Diets

This study was designed to determine if feeding high quality diets supplemented with spray-dried animal plasma (SDAP) during the early post-weaning period, will provide benefits if deoxynivalenol (DON)contaminated  diets are fed in subsequent phases. Two blocks of newly weaned pigs were fed according to a 3-phase feeding program...

Mitigating DON Through Optimal Use of Blood Plasma

Previous research showed that nursery pigs fed deoxynivalenol (DON) contaminated diets supplemented with spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) had similar growth rate and feed intake as those consuming non-contaminated diets. In this study, two blocks of 100 weanling pigs were used to determine the optimal inclusion level of spray-dried  bovine...

ATP Bioluminescence as Means for Assessing Trailer Cleanliness

Proper washing and disinfection of swine transport trailers is an important step in maintaining biosecurity. This study examined the feasibility of using adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence as a rapid and effective swine trailer cleanliness assessment tool. Samples were taken from newly-cleaned, dry trailers using an ATP swab by swabbing...

National Sow Housing Conversion Project

The National Sow Housing Conversion Project (NSHCP) was conceived as a descriptive project to facilitate the successful conversion of Canada’s sow barns to group housing. The project involved collaboration from industry  participants and academic researchers working together on a comprehensive strategy involving demonstration farms, technology transfer materials...

Cleaning Ease and Animal Welfare Implications of Trailer Design

The aim of this initial study was to develop an inventory list of trailers commonly used for the transportation of market hogs in Canada. Hog transport companies in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario were visited in order to document various trailer features specifically those influencing ease of cleaning and animal...

Influence of Sow Lactation Feeding System on Performance

All three feeding systems resulted in similar sow and litter performance, however, both the electronic and modified feeding system resulted in a significant reduction in feed wastage and, therefore, an estimated saving in feed costs of $8.50 per lactation compared to manual feeding. The modified feeding system is a...

Spray Dried Bovine Plasma for DON Contaminated Nursery Diets

The current experiment showed that DON did have a detrimental effect on ADFI and also showed some negative eff ects on ADG. Moreover, SDBP showed a beneficial effect on ADFI when present with DON in the diet but did not have a beneficial effect on ADG. Finally, DON...